November 9th, 2011

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(Yonhap Feature) Punk rock at crossroads in South Korea

By Graham Osborne
Contributing writer

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's punk scene has been in steady decline over the last few years with many clubs in Seoul closing down, but the phoenix of Korean punk music may be rising from the ashes. Last month, at Club Spot near Hongdae, a university campus neighborhood in western Seoul, the compilation album "Them and Us" was released showcasing 11 local punk bands who aim to give the Korean scene a shakeup.

"Them and Us" features bands from different genres of punk and is the first major Korean punk compilation since the 2002 release of "We are the Punks Korea." Each of the 11 bands on the album plays one original song and one cover version, hence the title.

The brainchild of this new release is Jeff Moses from the band Whatever That Means, which is about to embark on a U.S. tour to spread the gospel of Korean punk to a mostly untapped market.

"First and foremost, we wanted to give local bands a chance to record something new," Moses said. "I'm hoping it will draw attention to the local scene. Since Whatever That Means is going on tour in the U.S. in a couple of months, this is a chance to take this music and give it to people abroad."

Moses is passionate about Korean punk bands and is optimistic about their future despite the recent drop-off of interest in the scene.

"The main reason we are going to the U.S. is to open doors for the Korean scene," he said. "Everything we are doing is so that in the future, Korean punk will be like in the '90s when Japanese punk hit really big in America. We want to help Korean bands do that now."


Burning Hepburns at Club Spot (Courtesy of Graham Osborne)

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Sourse: YonhapNews


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Hugh Keice: When Summer Holds the Rain


Hugh Keice at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011: The Jazz Bar, 27 August

This year’s UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist (Pop category): Hugh Keice brings his UK tour to London.

The UK based singer-songwriter initially started his music career in South Korea (his birth name is Kim Hanwoo), developing his unique sound on the local indie scene. During which time he won the ‘Cyworld Music Award Choice for May’ with his single Winter Tree in 2007.

Accepting a new challenge Hugh headed to London to further his career; in 2010 he released his debut EP album When Summer Holds The Rain. The EP is lovingly hand-made from scratch; all instruments are played by Hugh and the recording sessions took place at his studio flat in Notting Hill – to the protest of his neighbours. The cozy feeling is further enhanced by his Korean producer, Postino, who mixed the material at his home studio.

Scheduled Gigs 2011

19. Nov 2011 : When Summer Holds The Rain Tour
The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR, 7.30pm £5

26. Nov 2011 : Emergenza Festival
The Victoria, Dalston, 451 Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3AS, 9.00pm £8
Enjoy the gig and vote for Hugh and his band. To book tickets for the Emergenza Festival in advance, drop an email to ‘contact@hughkeice.co.kr’ with the subject ‘Emergenza booking’.



Sourse: London Korean Links